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Ed Reed says Patriots and Dolphins also called

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Veteran safety Ed Reed was quick to cut a deal with the Jets, but said upon his arrival in New York that the Patriots and Dolphins also touched base over the last 24 hours.

I don’t think either one of them wanted me in their conference,” Reed said, via Darryl Slater of the Newark Star-Ledger.

While the admiration Patriots coach Bill Belichick has for Reed is well-documented, the Dolphins pursuit seems unusual (or either a PR ploy to make everybody look at something other than Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin).

Reed said he was confident that he could still play at a high level, saying: “I don’t think I’d be here if they [the Jets] didn’t think that,” he said. “I know what I know. I know what I feel and I know what I put into my offseason workout.”

He also took offense at the suggestion he was old and washed up, saying he was unfairly portrayed as having lost a step during his short stint with the Texans.

“When you critique me, you’ve got to critique everybody,” he said. “But it seems that Ed Reed is held to a higher standard – and I created that monster. I’ve been blessed to create that monster. I love it. I’m all for it.”

What he can offer the Jets remains to be seen, but the fact there was a degree of demand — especially within the division — justifies the purchase for the Jets regardless.

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44 Responses to “Ed Reed says Patriots and Dolphins also called”
  1. Jikky Jax says: Nov 14, 2013 5:36 PM

    There’s a guy that is always walking through the skyways in Minneapolis talking loudly to himself. Looks just like Ed Reed.

  2. harrycanyon says: Nov 14, 2013 5:38 PM

    If he was still capable of playing at a high level, then why wasn’t he with the Texans. I think the dude is finished. Seems like that whole group from the Ravens defense aren’t as good without each other.

  3. whoisferg says: Nov 14, 2013 5:40 PM

    Huge fan of Ed Reed, but he’s done. He was done before last season. Thanks for the excellent play Ed. Take a seat and wait for the call from Canton.

  4. nflofficeadmin says: Nov 14, 2013 5:45 PM

    Ed has a mustache that men can respect. I’m looking at you Martin.

  5. idothis2 says: Nov 14, 2013 6:00 PM

    so much for the foolish Pats fans that didnt want to believe that Reed chose the Jets > Pats for the vet minimum. smh @ delusional Pats fan. Reed may be done, but i enjoyed Reed choosing to be done with the Jets > Pats…

  6. laxcoach37 says: Nov 14, 2013 6:03 PM

    What a bunch of garbage… The Dolphins have 2 good Safeties. In fact, might be the only area of the team that doesn’t need improvement. If Reed played O-Line or Linebacker I would believe it!

  7. Burritto says: Nov 14, 2013 6:05 PM

    Who wants to bet that Ed Reed didn’t know he was already in the Pats and Dolphins conference?

  8. souljaboiz says: Nov 14, 2013 6:05 PM

    I was a fan of Ed since he was still a prospect in high school. All you bandwagon pink shirts please know your place.

  9. jdfrox says: Nov 14, 2013 6:06 PM

    but the fact there was a degree of demand — especially within the division — justifies the purchase for the Jets regardless.

    So if 3 out of 32 agree that provides justification?

  10. amoses74 says: Nov 14, 2013 6:09 PM

    So the Patriots called (who are always a playoff team with a chance to go to the superbowl) AND YOU WENT TO THE JETS? hahahaha. They’ll suck with or without you Ed.

  11. helix828 says: Nov 14, 2013 6:12 PM

    He was always going to the Jets, not the Pats.

    Ed got his ring, got paid, why wouldn’t he finish out his career with a coach he absolutely loves?

  12. u4iadman says: Nov 14, 2013 6:14 PM

    You would never sign with Jets over the Pats unless you were just out for a quick buck.
    He knows the Pats pay min, and they are not afraid to cut you , even the week of the Superbowl and deny you a shot at a ring.
    Not that Brady can win another.

  13. nofaceangler718 says: Nov 14, 2013 6:14 PM

    As a Jets fan with only Redzone I dont get to see many Ravens or Texans games, but he looked done in the playoffs last season. I guess I don’t hate the signing and Rex obviously knows how to use the old Ed Reed, but I thought Antonio Allen was playing pretty well. He played gronk and Graham real good all things considered. Well, welcome Ed…hopefully you can bring a bit of stability to our secondary and show young players like Millner (ugh) and Allen what it means to be a pro.

  14. cliverush says: Nov 14, 2013 6:18 PM

    Coach Belichick sees that Ed Reed is available and thinks of how great a player Reed has been pauses for second, then makes the decision to stick with the players he has on the team, and ones there since the start of the year. Thinking about the situation he instructs the staff to send out feelers on Reed knowing the Jets will look. Bingo! Rex jumps at the chance to renew his partnership with a team leader. It’s a gamble and a cap hit but it could be worth it. The big question remains, “Can he still take the punishment”?

  15. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Nov 14, 2013 6:27 PM

    Jikky Jax says:Nov 14, 2013 5:36 PM

    There’s a guy that is always walking through the skyways in Minneapolis talking loudly to himself. Looks just like Ed Reed.
    ____

    Yeah, he’s always carrying a garbage bag.

  16. 2ndaryinsanity says: Nov 14, 2013 6:27 PM

    Ed Reed = lol. If he was even a shell of his former self, he wouldnt have lost his starting job. The Texans secondary sucks, but Ed was phased out. Then, this “veteran leader” who was supposed to bring leadership got his panties in a bunch and called out the Texans coaches (even though it’s true, you deal with it in the locker room- not the media). This was after he hid the severity of his injured hip. Shortly after signing a 3 yr/$15 million contract, Ed mysteriously needed surgery. Ed GREED has lost all of my respect. He was one of my all-time favorite players, but he conducted himself in a classless manner here in Houston. I hope he chokes on that $5 million he “earned” in the whopping five games he played. Thanks for nothing, Eddy.

  17. harrisonhits2 says: Nov 14, 2013 6:34 PM

    u4iadman says:

    He knows the Pats pay min, and they are not afraid to cut you , even the week of the Superbowl and deny you a shot at a ring.
    ____________________

    If you’re referring to Tiquan Underwood getting cut a couple days before the SB in 2011 you don’t know what you’re talking about if you’re inferring that it was unexpected and some sort of screw job.

    Underwood was cut and re-signed by the Pats at least 15 different times that season, and when the re-signed him the last time before the AFC Championship that year, they told him when they signed him he would be cut before the Super Bowl. The only surprise for Underwood would have been if they hadn’t cut him.

    So go cry some more bitter tears about the mean ol’ Pats. I hope it makes you feel good.

  18. nflofficeadmin says: Nov 14, 2013 6:42 PM

    It’s funny reading some of these posts because I don’t ever recall people in Baltimore talking about what a leader Ed was or how he taught guys how to be pros. The dude was just an incredible talent that could ball out on Sundays. He wasn’t teaching anybody anything except how to appreciate his shine.

  19. enzo1030 says: Nov 14, 2013 6:52 PM

    Low risk, high reward. Lets stop pretending that this spells the end of the Jets. He’s not gonna play every down, they brought him in to show our young secondary a thing or two.

    Keep doubting, we’ll keep winning.

  20. jolink653 says: Nov 14, 2013 6:54 PM

    Underwood wouldn’t have even sniffed the field during the Super Bowl and I think Kraft would have given him a ring anyway after being cut

  21. rob13934 says: Nov 14, 2013 6:57 PM

    Ed should Join the Emeniem show. “I’ve created a Monster, nobody wants Marshall no more…..”

  22. azarkhan says: Nov 14, 2013 7:02 PM

    I don’t care that Reed signed with the Jets. I am surprised the Patriots showed any interest but that’s probably because safety Steve Gregory broke his thumb and hasn’t practiced since Nov 3.

  23. apkyletexas says: Nov 14, 2013 7:09 PM

    The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says:
    Nov 14, 2013 6:27 PM
    Jikky Jax says:Nov 14, 2013 5:36 PM

    There’s a guy that is always walking through the skyways in Minneapolis talking loudly to himself. Looks just like Ed Reed.
    ____

    Yeah, he’s always carrying a garbage bag.

    =========================

    I can take one look at the picture and see that the dude is a sweaty athlete, not a homeless person. Seems pretty dammed uncool to go after a dude’s looks like that.

  24. thepigiron says: Nov 14, 2013 7:16 PM

    Bye bye Ed

  25. TheWizard says: Nov 14, 2013 7:43 PM

    Jets D is pretty good already, if Ed can compliment that I’d say it’s a good move.

    Don’t see them passing the Pats for the division however.

  26. jakec4 says: Nov 14, 2013 7:44 PM

    Derrick Mason left the Ravens and went to the Texans and Jets too, but in reverse order. Unfortunately the other thing Reed will have in common with Mason is he’ll be out of the league at the end of the season.

    Should have hung it up after the SB, Ed.

  27. harrisonhits2 says: Nov 14, 2013 7:45 PM

    Tom Curran, who is the most connected Patriot reporter, has already reported that the Pats did NOT reach out to Reed. So all you Jets fans who were so happy that he “chose” the Jets over the Pats, guess what, there was no choice to be made.

  28. chargerdillon says: Nov 14, 2013 7:59 PM

    The only reason Ed Reed went to the Texans was because of their so-called passrush.

    Where is it this year? JJ Watt? Is he even playing?

    Most CB’s and Safeties are only as good as the passrush in front of them which allows them to ballhawk. In this case Houston failed Ed Reed not the other way around.

    Now he’ll play with Rex a guy who knows exactly how to get the most out of him and he’ll probably flourish again.

  29. bospat says: Nov 14, 2013 8:13 PM

    u4iadman says:
    Nov 14, 2013 6:14 PM
    You would never sign with Jets over the Pats unless you were just out for a quick buck.
    He knows the Pats pay min, and they are not afraid to cut you , even the week of the Superbowl and deny you a shot at a ring.
    Not that Brady can win another.
    ___________________________

    Not sure who your team is but at least Brady has a shot every year..Reed will spend his last few weeks wishing he was with the Pats….dam straight the Pats will cut you that’s why they are still competitive after all these years…

  30. natijim235 says: Nov 14, 2013 8:25 PM

    Dolphins – now that would have been a good choice

  31. edgerules says: Nov 14, 2013 8:38 PM

    Even with Reed, Jets fans do know that even at the 6th seed (for now), they are not guaranteed to even BE in the playoffs, right?

  32. thereyougo2 says: Nov 14, 2013 10:05 PM

    Andy Reid was going to call but he was eating. Jim Harbaugh would have called but he was complaining. Chip Kelly knew better.

    Ed Reed a former best at his position other than Dawkins .

  33. cm2492 says: Nov 14, 2013 10:08 PM

    I’m a Dolphin fan, but I’m glad he didn’t sign here. Everyone in the front office from Ireland down to the coaches suck. He deserves to sign with someone in the running for the playoffs. Good luck Ed!

  34. ohnoflorio says: Nov 14, 2013 11:15 PM

    Fantastic signing by the Jets. Not surprising, they draft well, they never over pay for FA…just another smart more

  35. ohnoflorio says: Nov 14, 2013 11:23 PM

    It’s so funny how Pats fans mock the move bc he chose the better team in the green & white. The Jets are just a better team, I’d love to have the Jets play the Pats in the playoffs, they would crush them. Jets easily could have won week 2 & in the FG game they made so many mistakes & should have won going away. No one is scared of NE anymore. Pats fans want to talk about Ed being old, what about Brady? He is older and frankly looks worse by the year. Let’s face it, he will NOT win another SB & the Jets are closer than NE. NE was a force for yrs. but the run is over. Keep mocking the Jets, pats fans….you’re a lot closer to a Brady/BB – less team than you are a championship. Get your cameras out and maybe you’ll have a reasonable a shot. Fools

  36. mzew233 says: Nov 15, 2013 5:45 AM

    “idothis2 says:
    Nov 14, 2013 6:00 PM
    so much for the foolish Pats fans that didnt want to believe that Reed chose the Jets > Pats for the vet minimum. smh @ delusional Pats fan. Reed may be done, but i enjoyed Reed choosing to be done with the Jets > Pats…”

    Who is playing in, once again the Absolute Marquee MNF matchup of the season this week? Its not BC of the Panthers —
    The Jest?

    Just as it was last year against the Texans, and years before that – New England is consistenly regarded as one of the best teams to beat, a primetime game for every team that plays against them — for 10 years now.
    Ed already admitted in the offseason, that he would LOVE to play for coach Belichick, “What player wouldn’t?”
    The Jest are done as long as Tom takes the field. Yet you still find room to talk smack here?

    New England, hated or not, is creating 2 of the best primetime games of the year, as usual, in the next 2 weeks. And all kinds of good hoopla for little chirpers on football sites and comment sections.

    But somehow, the Jest are relevant in all this, becuase of a cleared waiver signing, whrere TEAMS WITH A LOWER RECORD HAVE PRIOTITY. Enjoy your 15 minutes, we’ll miss you AGAIN in January.

  37. brazzz01 says: Nov 15, 2013 9:07 AM

    Reed said no to the Pats because he has honor and integrity and he would rather play for a team that can be good without Spygate.

  38. xxsweepthelegxx says: Nov 15, 2013 9:20 AM

    @ohnoflorio:
    Are Brady/BB nearing their end??? Sure I guess. But how long have you/media been saying that? 3-4-5 years now? Eventually you’ll be right. What’s laughable is that you think the Jets have a better shot at the SB? Seriously? I’m not saying the Pats are “contenders” at this point either, but 7-2 vs 5-4 should tell the story to date right?

    The Jets typically play the Pats very tough, I’ll give you that. Now if only the Jets could figure out the OTHER 14 games.

  39. Jikky Jax says: Nov 15, 2013 9:22 AM

    apkyletexas says:
    Nov 14, 2013 7:09 PM
    The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says:
    Nov 14, 2013 6:27 PM
    Jikky Jax says:Nov 14, 2013 5:36 PM

    There’s a guy that is always walking through the skyways in Minneapolis talking loudly to himself. Looks just like Ed Reed.
    ____

    Yeah, he’s always carrying a garbage bag.

    =========================

    I can take one look at the picture and see that the dude is a sweaty athlete, not a homeless person. Seems pretty dammed uncool to go after a dude’s looks like that

    —-

    Well yeah, he’s wearing a $200 pair of Beats headphones…and who says I’m going after him? I think he has a great look. So does the guy walking through skyways. He’s crazy, but he’s got a great style.

  40. Jikky Jax says: Nov 15, 2013 9:23 AM

    The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says:
    Nov 14, 2013 6:27 PM
    Jikky Jax says:Nov 14, 2013 5:36 PM

    There’s a guy that is always walking through the skyways in Minneapolis talking loudly to himself. Looks just like Ed Reed.
    ____

    Yeah, he’s always carrying a garbage bag.
    ——

    You in Minneapolis? We should have lunch.

  41. xxsweepthelegxx says: Nov 15, 2013 9:42 AM

    brazzz01 says:
    Nov 15, 2013 9:07 AM
    Reed said no to the Pats because he has honor and integrity and he would rather play for a team that can be good without Spygate.
    ==============
    Lets be real….he’ll be on the bench for more snaps then on the field. But he’ll provide good leadership for the young safeties. Solid signing

    While on the sideline, he’ll be taught the technique of tripping opposing players with the ball as they run by……honor….integrity…both words come to mind for me too.

  42. michaele11111 says: Nov 15, 2013 10:11 AM

    “amoses74 says:
    So the Patriots called (who are always a playoff team with a chance to go to the superbowl) AND YOU WENT TO THE JETS? hahahaha. They’ll suck with or without you Ed.”

    Jets suck? Last August that wasn’t an unreasonable thought. Saying it now makes you out to be a buttwipe or a Patriots fan which in essence is the same thing. No one in the NFL is laughing at them and offenses are pooping in their drawers when they go up against their defense.

    BTW, Brady will be done in another year, two at most. Then mediocrity will be NE’s calling card.

  43. xxsweepthelegxx says: Nov 15, 2013 10:28 AM

    michaele11111 says:
    Nov 15, 2013 10:11 AM
    “amoses74 says:
    So the Patriots called (who are always a playoff team with a chance to go to the superbowl) AND YOU WENT TO THE JETS? hahahaha. They’ll suck with or without you Ed.”

    Jets suck? Last August that wasn’t an unreasonable thought. Saying it now makes you out to be a buttwipe or a Patriots fan which in essence is the same thing. No one in the NFL is laughing at them and offenses are pooping in their drawers when they go up against their defense.

    BTW, Brady will be done in another year, two at most. Then mediocrity will be NE’s calling card.
    ===========
    Jets Defense: 18.8 pts/game (ranked 28th), 331.2 yds/game (17th), 202.2 pass ys/game (26th), 129 rush yds/game (9th).

    Those are stats that make grown men “poop their drawers?” C’mon man…they play the run well…that’s their best talent.

    What’s keeping Brady from playing 5 more years, besides injury? He’s a pocket passer, he’s not/never has been mobile. Skills aren’ts declining?

  44. theRed says: Nov 15, 2013 12:36 PM

    Two things:

    Belichick admires Reed, but both him and Brady mentioned how much of a loose cannon he was on the field. Belichick usually controls what his players do, and think only Rodney Harrison had the freedom to roam out of all of our safeties. Eugene Wilson and Merriweather did, and they didn’t last long.

    Harrison was an exception because Belichick loves his safeties to be hard-hitters up the field as well as have experience. Reed lacks the former, and the Pats D is so fine-tuned with zones that Reed could be a disruption rather than an asset this far into the season.

    TWO : Belichick is amazingly secretive about free agent pickups, so whenever there are rumors that the Patriots are after someone, you wonder how much mis-information they put out to force the hand of another team.

    Anyone remember the whole gutting the D rumors (Vrabel, Seymour) to get Mario Williams? Or Belichick hanging with Tebow in the North End a week before the draft? The Pats knew if they gained interest other teams might come into the fold and either take Reed out of the AFC East, or keep him there and prevent another team from adding to their roster later in the season.

    Win-win for Belichick, as long as he still thinks he can out-coach Reed/Ryan if they are to meet in the playoffs.

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